Henry Brandon

Henry Brandon

77 (passed away Feb. 15th, 1990)
Jun. 8th, 1912
Born in
Berlin, Germany
6' 5"

Henry Brandon's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Tallahassee 7000 TV Show
Tallahassee 7000

Main Movie Roles

1989 - Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II
1983 - To Be or Not to Be
1977 - Buck Rogers
1976 - Assault on Precinct 13
1961 - Two Rode Together
1958 - Auntie Mame
1958 - The Buccaneer
1956 - The Ten Commandments
1956 - The Searchers
1954 - Vera Cruz
1953 - The Caddy
1953 - Scared Stiff
1953 - Planet Outlaws
1953 - The War of the Worlds
1953 - Pony Express
1948 - Joan of Arc
1948 - Hollow Triumph
1948 - The Paleface
1943 - Drums of Fu Manchu
1941 - The Corsican Brothers
1941 - The Shepherd of the Hills
1941 - Bad Man of Deadwood
1940 - Doomed to Die
1940 - Drums of Fu Manchu
1939 - Beau Geste
1939 - Beau Geste
1937 - Black Legion
1937 - Conquest

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Fire Cloud
Joshua Haney
Circus Roustabout
The Major
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German-born Henry Brandon was a character actor in American films, most often seen in villainous roles. His parents emigrated to the US shortly after his birth. His early interest in acting led him to study at the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse. He landed the lead villain role in the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy film Babes in Toyland (1934), and rapidly became a familiar and reliable heavy in pictures both large and small. In 1936 he adopted the stage name Henry Brandon after several years of being billed as either Henry or Harry Kleinbach. He captivated thriller audiences as the sinister Dr. Fu Manchu in Drums of Fu Manchu (1943), yet balanced things by playing a sizable number of sympathetic roles as well, such as the skilled foreman Joe Dombrowski in Black Legion (1937). He continued to work on stage throughout his film career, playing the villain for many years in the record-length run of the melodrama "The Drunkard". His sharp features led him rather incongruously to be cast as Indian chiefs in two John Ford (I) features, The Searchers (1956) and Two Rode Together (1961). He kept busy in films and occasional television roles, as well as reprising his role in "The Drunkard" onstage in the 1980s, until the end of his life. Brandon was a confirmed bachelor.

  • Injured in a bar fight at the Brass Rail during the filming of _Babes in Toyland (1934)_ (qv).
  • Attended Stanford University for three years.
  • Often played Indian, Arab, Persian, Native American and East Asian characters, though his ancestry was German.
  • Long-time companion of actor 'Mark Herron (I)' (qv), who was 'Judy Garland (I)' (qv)'s fourth husband.

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